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Ford ally AFA promotes known 'hate group' that 'echoes Nazi Germany,' per lead civil rights group

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Ford Motor Company's new friend, the extremist American Family Association (AFA), is promoting the research of a known "hate group" whose work "echoes Nazi German," according to one of America's premiere civil rights groups (see samples below).

The hate group, the Family Research Institute (based in Colorado) is run by a discredited anti-gay researcher named Paul Cameron. What is most troubling about the AFA helping to disseminate Cameron's "research" is that Cameron's "institute" has been declared a "hate group" by the highly-regarded civil rights leader Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization best known for successfully taking on the Klan.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a listing of known hate groups it tracks on its Web site, Family Research Institute is listed under Colorado. To give you an idea of how bad the Family Research Institute is in the eyes of the Southern Poverty Law Center, it shares the page with the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that "Cameron's 'science' echoes Nazi Germany":

Exhibit number one in demonizing homosexuals is the Christian Right's Paul Cameron, a leading "scientist" on the evils of homosexuality who heads the hate group, Family Research Institute. Cameron's work, which has been cited both by the Christian Right and prominent Republicans, falsely claims that gay people are disproportionately responsible for child molestation, for the majority of serial killings, and for the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

"Of all the vices," Cameron concluded in one pamphlet, "only homosexuality constitutes a conspiracy against society." Cameron's "science" echoes Nazi Germany in that these disparaging descriptions of homosexuals are reminiscent of themes found in the ugly history of anti-Semitism, where Jews were historically associated with disease, filth, and child stealing. Cameron has been thrown out of legitimate professional organizations for his crackpot and inhuman science.
From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Why is Ford Motor Company conspiring and working out secret deals with an organization that promotes the literature of groups akin to the Klan and neo-Nazis?

Would Ford Motor Company sit down with groups that promote the works of David Duke? How about individuals who disseminate the views of Aryan Nation?

You can see the American Family Association's promotion of the Family Research Institute below:

Reference one:
Research by Dr. Kirk Cameron [Paul Cameron's son and co-worker, no idea if he's the same guy as the actor] concurred. In a paper published in 1995 by Family Research Institute (FRI), that study found that while 25% of kids were unsure of their sexual orientation at age 12, that percentage steadily declined to about 5% by age 18.
Reference two:
But in a review of the Jenny study, Dr. Paul Cameron of Family Research Institute said the researchers merely examined hospital charts: "[N]either the victims, perpetrators, nor even those who prepared the charts were interviewed" to discover their sexual orientation.
Reference three:
The following material summarizes data from Paul Cameron, Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do, a Family Research Institute educational pamphlet (Washington, DC: Family Research Institute, 1993).
Read more about Paul Cameron and the Family Research Institute here, courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center. You can also read more about Cameron himself from SPLC here.

With Ford's Nazi past
, you'd think the company would be a bit more sensitive about aligning itself with those who promote Nazi-esque "science" in the year 2005. You'd think wrong.

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